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Classic Pop

Classic Pop May - June 2021

Classic Pop magazine is the ultimate celebration of great pop and chart music with star interviews, features, news and reviews. From pop to electronic and new wave, dance and indie – it's all here…

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United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
boy george jumps aboard nft concept

Boy George has joined the NFT (Non-Fungible Token) craze after teaming up with Crypto.com to release unique and exclusive_music and artwork. The one-offs can be bought by the highest bidder and George explained: “I think life turned me into art. My role models were both artistic types and hard-working types. I’ve painted myself and others. I have painted myself into a corner. “I love metaphors and mystery and ‘crypto’ sound like ‘klepto’, so that makes me a crypto maniac. Art is like a partner. Can you live with it? Digital art is a new emotion and it can be very musical. I’m mixing all of the things I do together – music, art, fashion, poetry and anything else it leads to. I have stopped refusing to be influenced.” Crypto.com/NFT launched in March…

1 min
stakker humanoid

There was something exhilarating about Stakker Humanoid that could entice even the most unforgiving muso to the dancefloor from their pretentious shell. The track heralded a new sub-genre for the dominant dance scene of 1988 with the wisdom claiming this was the point where the word ‘acid’ entered clubbing vernacular. Asked to create music for a video arts company based at the Haçienda, 20-year-old Brian Dougans adopted half of the video’s name, Humanoid, as his performance moniker and came up with brainbashing, utterly rapturous noises that threw themselves relentlessly and mercilessly to front of house It was one of the first commercially successful dance records to open the eyes of bands and songwriters, with the infectious bleeping inducing improvised, subconscious movement from many a non-believer, while others marvelled at the technological achievements…

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long-form doc will tell ‘uncompromising’ story of the prodigy

A feature-length music documentary focusing on The Prodigy that combines animation and interviews has begun production._Director Paul Dugdale’s film is provisionally titled The Prodigy and promises to be a “raw, uncompromising and emotional story of a gang of young outlaws from Essex who came together in the vortex of the late 80s UK rave scene.” Dugdale previously worked with the Essex dance outfit on their 2011 concert film, The Prodigy: World’s On Fire, as well as three other promo videos. The director explained the forthcoming documentary will be “dark at times, strong changes of pace, it will be a visual assault, too, stylistically striking, contemporary and challenging. We want the viewers to leave the cinema like they have just stepped off a roller-coaster.” Surviving band members Liam Howlett and Maxim said: “After the…

3 min
live shows announced as lockdown is lifted

While Duran Duran’s much-anticipated Hyde Park show has now been rescheduled for next year (10 July 2022), they will be making a headline appearance at this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival on 19 September. Also looking to the future with a 12-month postponement is Lionel Richie, whose appearance at the Eden Project is now set for 14 June 2022. In the meantime, though, the gig diary for the remaining months of 2021 is now filling up fast. Promoting their first new studio album in 19 years, Fatal Mistakes, Del Amitri open their tour at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall on 13 September before visiting venues including York’s Barbican and Newcastle’s City Hall then moving into October for a further nine dates. Two Glasgow Barrowlands gigs in December include a free show for NHS staff…

3 min
ian peel‘s a to z pop of n is for … new pop

What have ABC’s The Lexicon Of Love, Scritti Politti’s Cupid & Psyche 85 and The Style Council’s Café Bleu all got in common? They’re all classic examples of New Pop. But what is New Pop exactly and why was it so important? ABC’s debut LP embraces what I would define as the four elements of New Pop. Presentation that draws on magazine and cinema – as much as music – culture. It’s a product of the recording studio, and was designed and created entirely within that world (with the live performances coming as an afterthought rather than the other way around). It’s by a ‘band’ but one which embraced both modern technology and orchestral arrangements, as well as instruments you wouldn’t usually hear on a pop record. And it set out…

1 min
the players

KEVIN ROWLAND The singular force behind the ‘new soul vision’ may have been too tyrannical for many of his band members, but there’s no doubting that over the years Rowland’s contribution to UK pop has been considerable KEVIN ‘AL’ ARCHER After playing alongside Kevin Rowland in punk outfit The Killjoys, Archer co-wrote both Geno and There, There, My Dear with Dexys’ frontman but departed the band before its chart-conquering Too-Rye-Ay incarnation. ‘BIG’ JIM PATERSON The lanky trombonist joined Dexys after answering an advert in Melody Maker. He survived the entire Dexys Mark 1 and stayed on to get the second incarnation off the ground before quitting the band. He has a Come On Eileen co-write so can’t be short of a bob or two. PETE WILLIAMS Bass player and Dexys founder member Pete stuck around long enough…